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Tips for Deciding on a Florist and Spring Wedding Flowers

Apr14

Deciding on a florist is one of the last things that you do in the wedding planning process, after you have chosen your venue, your caterer, your overall theme, your bridesmaids’ dresses, and of course, your color palette. Spring wedding flowers present you with a lot of opportunities to be creative and work with a wide range of color palettes. Here are a few steps to take to ensure that you love your spring wedding bouquet:

Before you decide on your florist, it is important to see a portfolio of his or her work. Also, you absolutely need to have personal recommendations from clients whose weddings they have done. In a recent Colorado wedding during spring, the bride hired a group of florists who were excellent designers, had amazing ability to create gorgeous arrangements, and who had a lot of artistic flair. However, these florists did not have experience with large-scale events (having done a few weddings, but not any with over 50 people); in the end, they did not calculate enough time to finish everything they had promised to deliver. The two main arrangements for the ceremony arrived after it was over, and the bridal party did not have their corsages and bouquets for the photographs (which were taken before the ceremony). Another bride who recently got married in California had a similar situation: Guests were arriving and there were absolutely no centerpieces on any of the tables. These things should be finished at least an hour before guests arrive, if not sooner. Make sure that whoever you hire as your florist understands the timing and technicality of working with a living organism, and has a few backup plans if anything goes wrong.

Consider spring wedding flowers by season, including tulips, daffodils, calla lilies, magnolias, easter lilies, gardenias, hydrangeas, gerbera daisies, and apple or cherry blossoms. You will save a lot of money if you are open to using spring wedding flowers that are readily available.

Consider your color palette. If you are getting married in a garden setting, for example, green and white, or yellow and green, are always lovely color combinations. You can always choose bright, more vibrant colors (but paired with something sleek) such as hot pink with black or lime green with black, with accents of white. For an earthier feel, consider using chocolate brown with blue, pink, or lavender.

Your containers can also be very creative and unusual. Consider using objects like pots, urns, watering cans, teapots, weaved baskets, or wicker baskets painted in colors from your palette.

Add greenery wherever you can. One benefits of a spring wedding, especially if it is outdoors, is that you already have a wealth of greenery that naturally adds to your setting. However, if you are getting married indoors, drape ivy or arbors over areas like mantels or doorways.

If you want add a bit of whimsy and fun, try adding some different patterns, such as polka dots, gingham, lace, or even stripes. Depending on the formality of your venue, patterns like this may not work, but if you are getting married outdoors, these types of accents can be adorable.

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3 Unique Spring Wedding Flowers

Mar23

The secret to picking the perfect spring wedding flowers is to choose a varietal that’s unique to you and your personality. You are welcome to take the road most traveled, and allow wedding flower vendors to create wedding flower bouquets and centerpieces that fit well with your overall theme and color scheme, but you also might want to do some research on your own, and choose spring wedding flowers that are not only unique in general, but also unique to you.

Peonies: This varietal is uncommon at weddings, but still absolutely gorgeous. You can choose peonies that are still in the bud, or fully open blooms, depending on what look you feel best represents your tastes.

Lily of the Valley: Since this varietal only blooms during April and May, they are an uncommon pick amongst brides. This varietal has a distinctive and pleasing aroma. Due to its size, this is one of the more expensive varietals, which could affect how many you choose for your bouquet, your fiancé’s boutonniere or table centerpieces. These gorgeous small white flowers are elegant, and epitomize spring.

Gerberas (Gerber Daisies): This spring flower is beautiful by itself, or paired with other varietals like tulips or roses when creating your bridal bouquet. You could also mix different colored gerberas in one bouquet or centerpiece. Gerberas colors include cream, white, pink, red, yellow, and combination two-toned orange and yellow.

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5 Spring Wedding Flowers

Mar18

Spring wedding themes present a multitude of possibilities when it comes to stunning floral arrangements. Here are the top five in-season spring wedding flowers to incorporate into your bouquets:

Daffodils, especially the smaller varieties, are perfect for boutonnieres and corsages, while the standard size is great for spring wedding bouquets. The most popular color is yellow, but white can also be mixed with many other flowers.

Tulips are classic spring wedding flowers. The wonderful thing about tulips is that there are so many colors and varieties (over 500), so you will have a ton to choose from! There are many shades of yellows, whites, pinks, mauves, purples, and reds.

Hyacinths have an amazing fragrance, beautiful shape, and make a great accent for other flowers, especially for those who want to incorporate blue into a floral arrangement.

Lily of the Valley has a season that is usually around April and May. Many people enjoy the fragrance of these flowers, and they are perfect for boutonnieres, corsages, and accents to a bridal bouquet. Make sure to take the price into consideration, however, as it takes more of these small flowers to give a bouquet its fullness.

Gerber daisies (shown above) are also available in a variety of spring colors, such as red, white, and bright yellow. Another advantage is that they are available year-round, and likely to be a bit less expensive.

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Spring Wedding Invitations: Think Flowers, Nature, and Color!

Mar15

When considering spring wedding invitations, think light and airy. Spring is a time of freshness and rebirth, so spring wedding themes should reflect nature and be eco-friendly, if possible. Here are a few ideas for spring wedding invitations:

Try to incorporate flowers.
You can attach pressed flowers to the invitations (which will also smell nice when your guests open the envelope), or scatter petals inside, preferably from the type of flowers you are using at your wedding. You could even include a packet of seeds, encouraging your guests to make the most of springtime.

Think color.
Many of the top spring wedding vendors—including caterers, photographers, and florists—are encouraging their brides not to shy away from color this season. Lavenders, greens, blues, yellows, corals, pinks, and even reds are great springtime colors. You have the widest range of palates to choose from of any wedding season, so take advantage of it when selecting your invitations! You can always mix more vibrant shades with pastels or ethereal silvers and ivories.

Foreshadow your wedding with your invitations.
For example, if your venue has interesting vintage Spanish architecture, choose an invitation design that reflects this. If you are having a beach wedding, hues of aquamarine and sandy yellows might be appropriate. If you are getting married at an arboretum, include something special that will be in season during your wedding, such as lilacs.

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Spring Wedding Flowers: Be Economical Without Compromising Beauty

Mar09

One of the best things about spring weddings is that you have a wealth of spring wedding flowers to choose from. In the past five years, the price of wedding flowers has risen so much that many brides have chosen to cut costs by compromising on the flowers. This is a bad move because if the flowers are mediocre, then your wedding will have lost that integral final touch. However, because so many flowers are in season (which makes them infinitely cheaper), you can get a lot more bang for your buck.

When choosing spring wedding bouquets, consider a combination of these flowers: alliums, bells of Ireland, cherry blossoms, hydrangea, lilac, violet, wisteria, snapdragon, ranunculus, narcissus, lilies (stargazer lilies and Casablanca lilies), hyacinth, daffodil, anemone, boronia, magnolias, pansies, some types of tulips, peonies, sweetpeas, delphinium, or iris.

Another thing to take into consideration when planning for spring wedding decorations is whether or not you are having your reception outdoors. If you are having a garden theme at an estate with an expansive lawn, then consider trying to book the venue for a month when the roses are blooming. Ask the owner or the person in charge of renting the venue if you are not sure. You will spend less on spring wedding flowers if your natural backdrop is already blooming with flowers.

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Spring Wedding Ideas for Reception Sites

Mar04

There is something fresh, magical, and revitalizing about spring, more so than with any other season. Spring wedding ideas present infinite possibilities for colors, themes, and flower arrangements. If you live in an area where the weather is nice, you can take advantage of that by having your ceremony or reception outdoors. Here are a few ideas for wedding reception locations that you may not have thought of:

A private home or estate.
Many brides love the thought of having their wedding at a private estate, and feel like they are welcoming their guests to their own private home. There is something very intimate and special about this type of venue. Depending on where and when you get married, you may have the option of having both the ceremony and the reception outdoors. For the reception, you can do a garden theme (an added bonus—you will likely need to purchase fewer flowers and decorations, as the lush greenery around you can provide enough natural color and décor). If you consider this type of venue, one very important thing to think about is how the owners maintain the property. You will find that some take excellent care of the grounds, while others do the bare minimum, expecting the bare bones of the structure, or the interesting architecture, to sell the venue. If you are someone who likes cleanliness and a perfectly manicured lawn, make sure to pay close attention. Try to drop by when another wedding is taking place to observe how well the place has been presented.

A city park.
This can be an excellent site for a wedding, but you will need to look into how to reserve the space. Some cities encourage events like weddings; others do not. A park can also be one of your cheapest options.

A museum with a beautiful courtyard.
Museums often have interesting architecture, are well preserved, and some even offer an elegant courtyard. Museums can sometimes be expensive, though, so make sure that they fall within your budget.

A cultural center or art gallery.
Like museums, cultural centers and art galleries can also be expensive, but guests often enjoy looking at the art, roaming around the premises during cocktail hour, and exploring the grounds.

Presidential Libraries.
Presidential libraries are another option for spring wedding ideas, and they are often gorgeously preserved. Many boast beautiful gardens and pristine lawns.

Arboretums.
More and more arboretums are offering their grounds for weddings. Usually they are not too expensive, and vegetation is in peak season during the spring.

A golf course and country club.
Golf courses are an excellent idea for spring wedding receptions, and many offer all-inclusive packages that can end up being the most economical. Also, golf courses typically treat their clients very well, so you likely won’t run into some of the snobbery you sometimes find with cultural centers and galleries.

A vineyard.
Vineyards can be idyllic settings for weddings, being relaxed, elegant yet earthy, and outdoorsy. You can also serve the vineyards’ signature wine at your wedding.

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Wedding Reception Games: Fun Activities for Your Guests

Feb14

One of your main goals for your wedding reception is to ensure your guests are having a fantastic time. This could be a difficult feat if you have a lot of guests from out of town who don’t know one another. Since you’re only given one shot to show your guests a great time and to introduce them to one another, then you might want to consider adding wedding reception games to your wedding itinerary. Games will offer your guests the opportunity to interact with each other, to get to know you and your groom even better, and will give them some extra wedding reception entertainment.

Wedding Couple Trivia
This game is ideal for when your guests are waiting for their entrees. What you need for this game are questions about you and your spouse written down or typed on cards. Every single question must have to do with you or your spouse, for example: How did you meet? Once your guests have answered the questions, have volunteers offer to answer each one of them. The guest that answers the questions correctly can either pick the next guest to come up, or they get to receive a prize. (For example the table centerpieces.)

Musical Chairs
This age old game never ceases to be fun. It’s simple, doesn’t require any extra props or supplies besides a dj or a band, and chairs.

Guessing Game
Have a jar of marbles somewhere that’s easily accessible to your guests at the reception and have each female guest guess the number of marbles in the jar. Once they have all written their name and guess down on a piece of paper, have them hand it to your maid of honor who will decipher the winner. The prize for the female winner will be your wedding bouquet. This game will replace the bouquet toss.


Exotic Wedding Reception Ideas for Adventure Lovers

Jan19

Who says your wedding reception has to take place indoors? Traditional wedding receptions typically consist of a series of events beginning with a cocktail hour, proceeded by dinner, a series of speeches, and a long night of dancing. If you and your fiancé are non-traditionalist with a strong love for the outdoors, explore what destination wedding receptions have to offer. Why not incorporate your hobbies into ideas for outdoor wedding receptions?

Some suggestions to get you started include parachute jumping, motorcycle riding, hiking, fishing, and surfing. This will give you an opportunity to put your own unique stamp on your wedding reception while sharing your favorite hobby with your nearest and dearest. Whether you’re an extreme sports enthusiast or just enjoy being outside, then having an outdoor reception might be the right fit for you.

If you’re planning a beach wedding reception, why not welcome your guests to join you in the water? Invite your guests to come equipped with their favorite swimwear, water toys, and sunscreen. This is a fantastic idea for couples that participate in triathlons or water sports.

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Benefits of Having a Small Wedding Reception

Jan11

Whether you’re having a small wedding reception because of your wedding budget or by choice, doing so has more benefits than you might initially think. Most brides envision their dream wedding as a larger than life celebration without limits, but unfortunately that fantasy may not be a realistic option when the time comes to plan your wedding. The good news is that bigger isn’t necessarily better, in fact, the more you explore the pros of having an intimate affair the more you’ll wonder why you hadn’t envisioned your little big day that way all along.

The most obvious positive side of having a small wedding reception is the fact that you’ll save money. The smaller your wedding reception is, the smaller your bill. You’ll be required to provide less food, drinks, and of course space. Unlike large weddings, you’ll have a better chance of finding budget wedding venues that appeal to your wedding size and pocket book.

Another aspect of your small wedding reception you’ll enjoy is how intimate and personal it is. Your guests will feel included and a part of something special and exclusive. Also, you’ll have more than enough time to visit, chat, and dance with all of your guests if there are fewer of them. Have you ever left a wedding and felt like you didn’t get to spend much if any time with the bride and groom? Fortunately for you, you won’t have to worry about that being the case if your wedding is smaller.

Another pro to keep in mind is that you’ll have more options when finding the perfect venue. Small wedding venues are more abundant than large venues. Think about it—most large hotels have only one ballroom, but numerous smaller rooms that are large enough to accommodate a small wedding reception.

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DIY Reception Ideas: Baked Good Buffet

Dec23

While candy buffets are all the rage at the moment, they can be on the expensive side, especially if you are serving high quality candy or chocolate. For a DIY party, a cupcake or cookie buffet is a “sweet” alternative. Here are three suggestions for executing it:

  1. If you are doing a cookie buffet, you can bake a large amount of dough weeks before the wedding and freeze it. This is a great option for a DIY party, especially if you are planning to make many different types of cookies.
  2. Ask members of your bridal party if they would like to contribute a baked good. Also, you can give them credit by placing a card next to their batch of cookies that says their name, where they got the recipe, and (if they agree), the recipe itself. For example: Maid of Honor’s grandmother’s favorite recipe: German Chocolate Cookies with Toasted Pecans. A little story behind the recipe is also a nice touch.
  3. Buy table decorations at a craft, fabric, or home goods store. Most craft stores have sales periodically, so keep your eye peeled. You can purchase paper or stationery for baked good labels, table runners, tablecloths, baskets lined with beautiful fabrics for placing the baked goods inside, greenery, or candlesticks. DIY wedding ideas can be fun, creative, and economical. Plus, guests will absolutely love the baked goods! If there are leftovers, you can give them away at the end of your reception, along with your centerpieces.

 

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